Helping our veterans

04 December 2019

One of our local members has recently been co-opted to the Eastern Region Veterans Advisory and Pensions Committee (VAPC). An idiosyncratic organisation set up in 1921 to help veterans with pensions and other welfare issues. Malcolm Johnston explains here what the VAPC does and how CMI members can benefit from the skills and talents of ex-service men and women.

The VAPC works with multiple agencies to help veterans with housing, medical, financial and employment support. My role is to encourage employers to actively support the employment of veterans.

Why should you consider employing a veteran?

The armed services are trained and skilled to the highest levels.  Expertise ranges from senior executive leadership, through operational management, to technical and supervisory skills. 

Service personnel thrive under pressure and are used to delivering against tight deadlines.  A career in the armed forces promotes flexibility, loyalty, self-discipline, reliability, a strong sense of duty and commitment, the ability to use initiative and the ability to cope with change. Core competencies include:

  • Communication skills 
  • Organisational skills
  • Leadership and management skills
  • High degree of professionalism
  • Problem solving
  • Self-motivation
  • Team working
Take a look at the short videos here for examples of successful transition.

How can you help veterans?

We have a significant military presence in the East, and our veterans deserve a chance to use their skills and knowledge in the commercial world. I hope fellow members will now take some action to help make that happen.

Malcolm Johnston
FCMI, CMgr and member of Eastern Region VAPC